ALS accreditation and equivalency test set on October

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 27 (PIA) — The Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A and E) test will be administered in Ilocos Region on October 21.

This was announced by Lorenzo C. Agustin, education program supervisor of Alternative Learning Division of Department of Education-1 (DepEd-1), during the recent “Ammuentayo” radio program here.

“The ALS A and E test aims to offer learners two learning achievements at two learning levels, elementary and secondary,” he said.

ALS also seeks to provide a system for assessing levels of literacy and other non-formal learning achievements among Filipinos of different interests, capabilities of demographic characteristics, socioeconomic origins and status, as well as addressing the needs of marginalized groups, according to DepEd.

The examination for both levels is a paper-and-pencil-based test in multiple choice and composition writing.

Test items will be based on the learning competencies of the five learning strands of the ALS curriculum, to include, communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving, sustainable use of resources or productivity, development of self and a sense of community, and expanding one’s world vision.

Agustin has called on out-of-school youths, adults,and elementary and high school drop-outs in the region interested to continue their education to take the test.

“However, for them to take the exam, they need to pass the basic requirements at our office such as the accomplished registration form, two ID photos (2”x2”) with name tag, birth certificate, and others as required by the department on or before July 31,” Agustin explained.

The DepEd regional director or the school division superintendent must oversee and ensure the smooth operation and effective administration of the exam, pursuant to DepEd Memorandum number 93 series of 2012.

Test takers should report to their testing center before 7 a.m. on the examination day and present the approved lower portion of their registration form to the room examiner and other required documents to be admitted for the test.

Results of the examination will be posted at http://www.deped.gov.ph and may be accessed by clicking the A and E icon found at the right side of DepEd homepage.

Successful passers for both elementary and secondary level will get a certificate and are allowed to mainstream in the educational system of the country.

Secondary-level passers will have the opportunity to enroll in post-secondary courses, either technical or vocational, and two- to four- (under five years) course of the Commission on Higher Education for private colleges and universities, while for government institutions, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges. For an elementary level test passer, he is qualified to enroll as freshman in the secondary level.

They can also have an access to Meralco Foundation Inc., a non-stock, non-profit science foundation that gives training and education, and TESDA skills training programs, among others.

This is a nationwide activity that will be conducted by DepEd through the Bureau of ALS, aiming to achieve quality education and access to such as envisioned in the Education for All 2015 Plan of Action and purposely on the reduction of illiteracy rate. (ANL/MHH PIA1 La Union with reports from DepEd/ http://www.myhighachiever.com)

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